My Favorite Filmmakers

Directors and Screenwriters
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Joss Whedon
Writer, The Avengers
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ Favorite Works: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly/Serenity, Dollhouse, Angel, The Avengers, Cabin in the Woods ” - FlameAxelVIII
Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Favorite Works: Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown ” - FlameAxelVIII
Stanley Kubrick
Director, The Shining
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Favorite Works: The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange ” - FlameAxelVIII
Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ Favorite Works: Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood ” - FlameAxelVIII
David Lynch
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Favorite Works: Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr., Eraserhead, Twin Peaks ” - FlameAxelVIII
Charlie Kaufman
Avid reader Charlie Kaufman wrote plays and made short films as a young student. He moved from Massapequa, New York to West Hartford, Connecticut in 1972 where he attended high school. As a comedic actor, he performed in school plays and, after graduation, he enrolled at Boston University but soon transferred NYU to study film...
“ Favorite Works: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich ” - FlameAxelVIII
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Favorite Works: Fight Club, the Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ” - FlameAxelVIII
“ Favorite Works: Enlightened, School of Rock, The Good Girl ” - FlameAxelVIII
Steven Soderbergh
Director, Ocean's Eleven
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
“ Favorite Works: The Informant!, Contagion, Haywire, Side Effects ” - FlameAxelVIII
Alfred Hitchcock
Director, Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ Favorite Works: Psycho, The Birds ” - FlameAxelVIII
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ Favorite Works: Black Swan, Requiem For a Dream, The Fountain ” - FlameAxelVIII
Todd Solondz
Director, Happiness
Todd Solondz was born in Newark, New Jersey. One of his earliest jobs in the film industry was when, as a young man, he worked as a messenger for the Writers' Guild of America. During this time, he wrote several screenplays. Solondz's first color film with sync sound was the short "Schatt's Last Shot" (1985)...
“ Favorite Works: Welcome to the Dollhouse, Happiness ” - FlameAxelVIII
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Favorite Works: Annie Hall, Match Point, Sleepers, Midnight in Paris ” - FlameAxelVIII
Ti West
Director, V/H/S
“ Favorite Works: The House of the Devil, V/H/S (segment), The Innkeepers ” - FlameAxelVIII
“ Favorite Works: Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult ” - FlameAxelVIII
Diablo Cody
Writer, Juno
Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts. She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged and was something she did not particularly care for...
“ Favorite Works: Juno, United States of Tara, Young Adult ” - FlameAxelVIII
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ Favorite Works: Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides ” - FlameAxelVIII
“ Favorite Works: All Pixar films, MI:4 ” - FlameAxelVIII
Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin grew up in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City where he was very involved in his high school drama and theater club. After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, Sorkin intended to pursue a career in acting. It took him only a short time to realize that his true love...
“ Favorite Works: The Social Network, Moneyball ” - FlameAxelVIII
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear story-telling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of film-making, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made...
“ Favorite Works: The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento ” - FlameAxelVIII
Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ Favorite Works: Moon, Source Code ” - FlameAxelVIII
“ Favorite Works: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz ” - FlameAxelVIII
“ Favorite Works: King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead ” - FlameAxelVIII
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Favorite Works: Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice ” - FlameAxelVIII
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Favorite Works: Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon ” - FlameAxelVIII
Kevin Williamson
Writer, Scream 2
Grew up in the New Bern, NC area. There is an actual Dawsons Creek in Oriental, NC where Williamson grew up.
“ Favorite Works: Scream series ” - FlameAxelVIII
“ Favorite Works: American Beauty, Six Feet Under ” - FlameAxelVIII
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ Favorite Works: The Town, Argo ” - FlameAxelVIII
Lars von Trier
Writer, Melancholia
Lars von Trier (the "von" was adopted during his stay at the Danish Film School) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in April 1956. He graduated from the Danish Film School in 1983 with his short film Befrielsesbilleder ("Images of Relief"), which won the Best Film award at the Munich Film Festival the following year...
“ Favorite Works: Melancholia ” - FlameAxelVIII
“ Favorite Works: The Descent, Game of Thrones "Blackwater" ” - FlameAxelVIII
“ Favorite Works: Lost, Alias, Star Trek, Super 8, MI:3 ” - FlameAxelVIII
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ Favorite Works: Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore ” - FlameAxelVIII
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil's Backbone (2001), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies...
“ Favorite Works: Pan's Labyrinth ” - FlameAxelVIII